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Mother, Episode 5

TL;DR: Hey, look, more emotional trauma!

One of the many things that Mother is doing well is the slow development of Yeong-sin and Soo-jin relationship as they’re reconnecting. We still don’t know why such a huge rift developed between them, but now that Soo-jin is an adult and Yeong-sin is sick, they actually look like they have a shot at closing the gap between them. Continue reading “Mother, Episode 5”

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The Paralympics, Lonely Deaths, and Drama News

This week’s roundup is guaranteed to raise your blood pressure!

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Two Shows With Police Officers

We have two different shows with police officers in them this week, and for once it doesn’t look like either of them are thrillers. Will you be watching?

That Man Oh Soo
OCN
16 episodes
Monday/Tuesday
Availability unknown

Seo Yoo-ri is a police officer with a cheerful personality who supports her family on her own. One day she meets Oh Soo, who on top of working as an engineer, café owner, and barista, also uses a magical pollen to help people fall in love. Things get complicated when Oh Soo gets a dose of the pollen himself—and falls in love with Yoo-ri.

 

 

Live
tvN
16 episodes
Saturday/Sunday
Availability unknown

At the busiest precinct in the country, police officers Han Jung-oh and Yeom Sang-soo may be in over their heads. While Jung-oh has to fight against the sexism in the office to be taken seriously, Sang-soo gets on his superior’s bad side and is repeatedly struck by bad luck. Meanwhile, former rising star Oh Yang-chon has been demoted due to an unfortunate incident. Can the three of them figure out how to uphold justice both on and off the Hongil patrol?

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Mother, Episode 4

TL;DR: Soo-jin’s family is getting more complicated by the minute.

Just what happened between Soo-jin and Yeong-sin all those years ago? At first I thought that maybe Yeong-sin had something to do with Soo-jin’s abuse (still not ruling that out entirely), but now I’m not sure. She seems genuine about wanting to reconnect with Soo-jin, even if it’s at a million won per visit negotiated fee. Yeong-sin’s insistence that Yi-jin not tell Soo-jin about her possibly terminal cancer implies that she’s trying to get in some solid mother-daughter time without guilting Soo-jin into it.

Continue reading “Mother, Episode 4”

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Short Hair, Statues, and Drama News

Winter storms keep rolling into my area on the weekends, which is not cool, considering all the things I need to get done. Oh well. In the meantime, here’s a wide selection of links which should keep you inside and safe from the elements.

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There Go Your Saturdays

I don’t know why three different networks are suddenly putting Saturday-only shows into their lineups and then debut them all on the same day, but hey, I’m not a network scheduler. Oh, we’ve also got the second season of Mystery Queen, plus it turns out that Children of a Lesser God got pushed back because of the Olympics and thus also starts on this Saturday. Dear lord. Any of them on your watch list? I’m tempted by Grand Prince.

Mystery Queen 2
KBS2
16 episodes
Wednesday/Thursday
Available on KoCoWa.com/Viki.com (as Queen of Mystery 2)

Yoo Seol-ok used to dream of becoming a detective, but her life took a different turn after she married a prosecutor. Seol-ok ended up as a housewife—until a mystery crossed her path. She ended up solving it when no one else could, and in the process, earned the respect of Detective Ha Wan-seung. In this second season of the show, Seol-ok and Wan-seung continue working together to solve crimes.

 

Good Witch
SBS
40 episodes
Saturday
Available on Viki.com

Housewife Cha Sun-hee and flight attendant Cha Do-hee are identical twins with opposite personalities. Sun-hee is warmhearted and kind, and she supports her currently unemployed husband, Bong Chun-dae. Do-hee, on the other hand, is coldhearted and has a “witchy” reputation. One day, Sun-hee has to pretend to be Do-hee, and she meets co-pilot Song Woo-jin, who has is selfish and narcissistic.

My Husband, Oh Dak-joo
MBC
24 episodes
Saturday
Available on KoCoWa.com/Viki.com (as My Husband, Mr.  Oh!)

Han Seung-joo is an ambitious PD at a broadcasting station, but her status as a single woman in her mid-30s has been holding her back. In order to get access to the social power of being a married woman, Seung-joo proposes a marriage of mutual benefit to Oh Jak-doo, a naive man who lives in the mountains. Seung-joo and Jak-doo start their marriage without feelings, but it doesn’t stay that way for long.

Grand Prince
CSTV
20 episodes
Saturday
Available on Viki.com

Sung Ja-hyun is the daughter of a government official. Her beauty and personality attract the attention of not one, but two princes: Lee Kang and Lee Whi. Lee Kang is the heir to the throne, and his ambition to keep his place in succession and desire to win Ja-hyun’s heart make him dangerous. Lee Kang, meanwhile, is third in line for the throne, and he falls for Ja-hyun just as deeply. How far will these brothers go to win Ja-hyun’s heart?

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Mother, Episode 3

TL;DR: Well, I’m glad that there’s one genuinely good mother figure in this show. (Also, this episode contains a mention of animal cruelty/death.)

I’m really glad we had the opportunity this episode to see that there was a period in Soo-jin’s childhood that was really good. I’ve seen a lot of fictional orphanages portrayed as hellholes, so it was lovely to see little moments of Soo-jin’s life with Sister Glara. Subtitlers, are you sure it’s not Clara? Between her (still unknown) biological mother and her adoptive mother, Yeong-sin, Soo-jin had a slice of happiness. One fond enough that she apparently wrote Glara, if infrequently, over the years, and that she thought to turn to Glara for momentary refuge. Continue reading “Mother, Episode 3”

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Yet More Olympics, #MeToo, and Drama News

Winter decided it wasn’t over here at my neck of the woods, so I am bundled inside, waiting for gaps between flurries to head out and run errands. If you are similarly trapped inside, here are some links to tide you over.

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Mother, Episode 2

TL;DR: Turns out kidnapping a child is more difficult than anticipated.

Soo-jin’s letter to Ye-eun was a great way to kick off this episode. Even though episode one was all about showing us why Hye-na’s home life was so awful, episode two made Soo-jin’s thought process clear: she’s far more worried about Hye-na returning home than her being arrested for kidnapping. And the fact that she took the time to copy the audio recordings and photographs of Hye-na’s injuries means that she is sincerely worried that if she gets caught, Hye-na will be returned to Ja-young. That package also functions as a failsafe for her, that if she has exhausted all hope of escaping the country, Ye-eun will be given the truth of what happened and can decide whether or not to report it all to the police.

(I was particularly fond of the line about how Soo-jin though that she and Ye-eun could have been great friends if they’d met under other circumstances.) Continue reading “Mother, Episode 2”

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Ghosts and Middle-Aged Love

There are two new dramas premiering this week–one about middle-aged couples finding love, and the other about a detective who can see ghosts. Are either of them on your watch list?

Should We Kiss First
SBS
32 (mini) episodes
Monday/Tuesday
Available on Viki.com/KoCoWa.com

Flight attendant Ahn Soon-jin is having a difficult time dealing with the death of her daughter and being asked to resign at work. Previously divorced, Soon-jin is certain she will never find real love—until she meets Son Moo-han, who works at an advertising company. Their budding relationship is complicated by their inexperience with love and the appearance of Soon-jin’s ex-husband, Eun Kyung-soo, and his new wife, Baek Ji-min.

 

Children of a Lesser God
OCN
16 episodes
Saturday/Sunday
Availability is unknown

Rookie detective Kim Dan has the supernatural ability to see ghosts. Her power allows her to see the moments of a victim’s death, and she hopes to use that information to catch murderers. Kim Dan ends up partnered with Chun Jae-in, a genius detective with a reputation for only caring about facts and logic. The two of them stumble upon a conspiracy, and they will have to work together in order to bring down the powerful group of people behind it.